6311 Tasting Notes

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tea from cavocorax i might be trying to sneak in some easy sipdowns today before we head off to winterlicious tonight. I caved and ordered 3 puerhs today from streetshop88 which means i’m in even more trouble as far as my cupboard goes. On the upside, they likely won’t be getting here anytime soon LOL

This is a tea that i can get behind in theory… it’s making me want to bust out my non existant blending skills and make a smokey, orange, vanilla tea. Sadly this is an adagio blend so it smells like orange and smoke and delicious..and then tastes like 99% of every other black based adagio fan blend. blech. :( At least i tried..and it HAS given me inspiration!! so still a win in my books!

Cavocorax

Haha. Well, that’s something!
I love that Shmiracles created this after reading a story that was the most angst-ridden and painful love story I’d encountered when reading fic. And so I can suffer a little each time. :P You can’t put a price on that!

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drank Cafe Caramel Pu-erh by Lemon Lily
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Cavocorax and i split this one at the tea festival. As i was pulling this one out to brew it, i realised that there was a bunch of granules in the bag that i hadn’t remembered seeing when we divided the bag. When i looked at the ingredients though, i suspect that these are the palm sugar. i brewed this up anyway, though as i suspected it’s a little too sweet for my tastes. I made it in latte form to add to the creaminess but the sugar is a little much. I may see if i can filter the sugar out of the bag. Cavo – if you try this and it could benefit from some sugar let me know hahaha.

Overall though, not a bad cup, and one i’ll likely to keep brewing as a latte. It’s a nice coffee/tea blend as far as coffee/tea blends go. I’m not the worlds largest fan of that sort of thing, but it’s a nice thing to have occasionally!

Cavocorax

LOL. Thanks for the warning!

Sil

personally i want the sugar gone.

leaf in hot water

I got this at the tea festival too! finding it hard to measure out the tea, beans, and sugar consistently, the difference in size is too much to keep things uniform.

Sil

i got rid of the sugar. it’s unnecessary

Indigobloom

I was curious about this one too but more because I really wanted to buy something from them to try and it was the only one that was a somewhat non standard tea (caffeinated). Ultimately not a good enough reason. Still, I’m glad to see it reviewed :)

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drank Pineapple Tea by Kwong sang Tea Company
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this is a weird tea. lol Another from MissB’s adventures and one i was curious given that most pineapple teas tend to be greeen/oolongs. this is… not a tea for me. it’s not at all like i want it to be when someone says pineapple..and there’s a weird spicy? note to this one that confuses the heck out of me lol. Still though, fun to try and maybe one of the girls will have better luck! lol

OMGsrsly

Ha! But the tin says:
Pine
Apple
TEA

OMGsrsly

So… pine and apple? Or pineapple?

Sil

probably pine and apple lol

MissB

Well, glad it wasn’t just me that right it was weird. Kinda kicking myself that I didn’t grab the kiwi version now.

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drank Not So Vanilla by Tippy's Tea
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cavocorax sent this one my way as it was on my list of teas to try. I can see how people are comparing this to WP’s GO. It’s very similar though different too. I can see keeping this one in my cupboard though, especially with the decline of the cad dollar. It’s a flavoured tea…not not on my ZOMG must have list…but this is a good vanilla tea. Quite nice. Thanks a bunch for sharing cavo!

Cavocorax

Glad you liked it! Stupid CDN dollar….

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oh dexter. can we buy more please? when you get to being allowed to buy more? I pulled this one out randomly today because i always try to take time for at least one puerh when i work from home because even if it gets busy, i generally have time for a few steeps in between meetings. Today i christened my new pot that i picked up from the tea festival with this one. I’ve only had a couple steeps so far, so more to come if life doesn’t get busy..but i really love this. It’s rich. i have no other way to describe it.

it’s smooth…and deep…and rich…and just downright satisfying.

sneaks over to ebay

OMGsrsly

We’re not allowed to buy more yet! Not yet! Soon, though. Sooooon the precious.

Sil

i might have just said eff it and bought a cake

Indigobloom

Gah. Puerh cake is the one thing I didn’t get a chance to buy this year at the festival (though I did grab a tiny oolong one). While I am on hiatus, this is the one thing I’ll allow myself an exception for heh

OMGsrsly

That oolong cake seems so neat!

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drank Dian Hong-Gold Buds-Premium by ESGREEN
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Another from dexter this one is a really smooth brew with lots of chocolate notes. This of course falls in to that comment dxter made a while back – about how many of a certain kind of tea do you really need? lol I quite enjoyed this one this morning and it makes me curious to try more es green teas if this is what they are selling. Thanks again for the sample dex!

OMGsrsly

Do you brew all these Western style?

Sil

depends on my mood. I always try to do a western brew because that’s how i take my travel mugs to work. if they don’t work via travel mug/western brew then it’s a harder choice to make in terms of keeping it in my cupboard.

OMGsrsly

Good idea. I’ll try half my samples gong fu and the other half western.

Sil

SO MANY TEAS!

OMGsrsly

Ugh I know.

OMGsrsly

65 that are 20g or less. That’s still 2-3 cups, unless I make GIANT MUGS.

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mmmmmm delicious! working from home today so i’m trying at least a couple of the samples dexter sent my way since i have time to enjoy them…sort of haha

there are malt notes in this tea and some underlying chocolate notes that are very faint i had a couple steeps of this one and it was thoroughly enjoyable. This would be one that i would consider picking up if i place an order through streetshop88 :)

DeliriumsFrogs

I just checked out their ebay store after reading this note. I’ll have to add them to my ‘favourite sellers’ list. All the tea looks so good!

Sil

yeah allank? i think and dexter have ordered from them…i have not, but these samples are tasting delicious!

Dexter

DeliriumsFrogs – I’ve just ordered once – two teas and a teapot – fastest shipping ever from China. Ummmm – I would like to put a little care package together for you. I can include some of this in that. Will talk later…

Dexter

Sil – I found this one changed drastically with different steep parameters – water temp really brought out different flavors. I think boychik has also ordered from Streetshop88 – allank for sure :)

looseTman

“mmmmmm delicious! … thoroughly enjoyable. This would be one that i would consider picking up if i place an order through streetshop88 :)”

Sounds great! So why only an 85?

Sil

honestly? as with all my ratings…because that’s how i felt lol my ratings are a spectrum of the teas i’ve had and i try to drop them in against other teas.

looseTman

Just curious as your description sounded so good. No offense intended.

Cavocorax

Personally, I’m always careful about rating something that I’ve only had once, and only have enough to try once – I wouldn’t want to rate it too high because I’m in a great mood, and then find that the tea itself doesn’t meet my expectations later on if I get more. An 85 still sounds like a should buy though. :P

Sil

yeah no worries loosetman. sometimes i just want to remove my ratings…but then they help me figure out rebuys so i don’t

looseTman

Thanks, whatever works for you.

Since there’s nearly an infinite selection of teas in the world:
When tea reviews include a rating, I tend to focus on those rated 90 and above, like an interviewer faced with hundreds of resumes to consider and a limited amount of time to devote to the task. However, many times the language and tone of the review appears to be more positive than the numerical rating. Thus, sometimes asking clarifying question leads to an enlightening and enjoyable dialog.

Sil

totally get that loosetman! :) sooo many teas…so little time! on that note…highly recommend the puerh i had today. heh

DeliriumsFrogs

oh, wow, Dexter! What can I do for you??!!

Sil

delirium…don’t send her tea LOL

Dexter

LOL Sil is correct – the best thing would be nothing at all. :))

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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….aaaand that’s a wrap! this is officially all gone from my cupboard and no reorders allowed until i meet my goal as per the agreement dexter and omgsrsly and i made! I’ve got a looonnng way to go before i can order again so i’m doing my best to try and get at least one sipdown in a day… this one will be a restock someday as i love it.

Final Count: 143 (two things to pick up from mail jail tomorrow though…)

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this + maple syrup makes me a happy girl! I’ll be sad when this is gone, but at least i got to have it one more time before it was gone for good!

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drank Zhu Rong Yunnan Black by Verdant Tea
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i had this one today because it’s one of my oldest teas in my cupboard (7 months) and i’m nowhere close to being somewhat close to a sipdown. not that i want to get rid of it, but i can drink it and enjoy it and not worry about it being gone in a flash! i still really like this, even if it’s not the same as the first harvest i fell in love with.

Dexter

That is so funny – this is also one of my oldest teas and I have A LOT of it. I like this tea, you like this tea – why aren’t we drinking this tea?

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